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The Road to Glory

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Friday, August 16, 2019, 9:30pm - 11:05pm


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Film Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film
Archive Cost: $9 - Regular Admission $7 - Non-Harvard Students,
Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens. Free for Harvard
students Contact Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu Link:
Replacing the aerial dread of "The Dawn Patrol" and "Today We Live"
with the bleakness of trench life during WWI, "The Road to Glory"
again finds Hawks proffering a statement on the cyclicality and
futility of war, a wrenching ceremony in which men die on reckless
missions before being replaced by new recruits who will meet the same
fate. In its nightmarish opening passage, showing a breakout of
grenade smoke and gunfire in a city "somewhere in France," the film
stresses the pervasiveness of combat and the way war rules over
everyone regardless of direct involvement; the trench scenes that
follow, scrupulously fabricated on a Fox backlot, only further
accentuate the doomed atmosphere. Not merely a morose death march,
however, Hawks locates pockets of warmth in the camaraderie of the
soldiers and in the figure of Monique (June Lang), a young woman of
religious faith who shares a therapeutic relationship with Captain
Paul La Roche (Warner Baxter) and becomes a symbol of hope for the
entire battalion. When newly transferred Lieutenant Michel Denet
(Fredric March) joins the fold and falls for Monique, the script
shifts into melodrama, but Hawks keeps the emphasis largely on the
tragic rapport between the men, who are driven to drink, abandoned by
God, but always united by conversation and song.



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Friday, August 16, 2019 - 21:30 to 23:05



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